New Delhi: Skill Development Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have signed an agreement to address the need for skilled manpower in the health sector.
Besides achieving the national goals of skilling youth so as to increase their employability, the agreement shall also seek to upgrade the quality and reach of human and infrastructural resources that is at the core of a quality healthcare system, an official statement said.
Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda were present at the MoU signing ceremony.
This was the sixth Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the MSDE with a central ministry over the last three days.
Rudy said, "According to an NSDC report, the health sector employs around 36 lakh employees and is slated to employ more than 74 lakhs by 2022 which is more than double its existing workforce to meet the market demand.
"Hence there is an incremental human resource requirement of 38.93 lakh people which we will collectively address."
Commenting on the agreement, Nadda said: "National Healthcare Policy 2015 clearly puts the focus back to the quality, affordability and availability of healthcare in the country."
He further said, it is only possible when we have advanced and innovative technology, supporting available infrastructure and a powerful trained and skilled workforce to support the requirements.
The statement said, some of the outcomes expected from the agreement are to significantly increase the present capacities in health sector to a minimum of one lakh trainees and make significant savings of public resources by leveraging existing infrastructure of government and private healthcare institutions.
It added, the agreement will also help explore pooling of financial resources of the two departments and allow for international partnerships to provide greater financial muscle to the programme and create a framework of certification by Health Sector Skill Council of select job roles and for absorption of the trainees in the health sector.